The success of the Finnish education can be attributed to the long-standing values that underpin the national core curriculum and reflect Finland’s strive and commitment towards the well-being of school children.
“The learning environment must support the pupil’s growth and learning. It must be physically, psychologically, and socially safe, and must support the pupil’s health […] The pupils must be given the chance to participate in the creation and development of their own learning environment” (Preamble of the Finnish curriculum for basic education).
Furthermore, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) surveys have over the years revealed “equality” being one the most important words in Finnish education, small size schools/classes as its landmark, and ‘play’ being essential to children development.
The proposal of relocating EIS pupils (amongst 2500 pupils age 7 to 19 from other nearby schools) to an abandoned (due to mold) office building without playground facilities, situated in a highly industrial area of Otaniemi undeniably violates these values and damages public trust in local government and transparency of decision-making.
The Espoo city officials who presented the proposal in a resident event on the 5th of September 2017 have, however, reassured the guardians that Espoo city cares about their opinion and wants to hear and use their views when concluding the final decision (even though the renovation of the controversial Otaniemi building has already started and the building work is expected to be completed by 2019).
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